Miss Belize

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Miss Belize Organization
Formation1975; 48 years ago (1975)
TypeBeauty pageant
HeadquartersBelize City
Official language

Miss Belize is a national beauty pageant in Belize and later to Miss Universe.


In the early days of the pageant there was one pageant held yearly to select a Belizean representative for the Miss Universe pageant, with either the same winner or a runner-up representing Belize at Miss World.[citation needed] Recently[when?] there have been the emergence of different pageants to select representatives for the different international pageants as opposed to just one pageant with several winners.[citation needed]


2008 Miss Belize Universe Tanisha Vernon spoke out "against Pageants Belize, owner, and only employee – Margaret Johnson".[1] Her crown was then revoked in July 2008.[2]


In 2016, Opal Enriquez took over the Miss Belize franchise.[3]


In 2018, Romeo Escobar, a three-time Emmy award-winning producer took over the franchise of Miss Universe in Belize.[4] He left the franchise in 2023, citing disagreements with the Miss Universe Organization owners over how franchises should run.[5]


Miss Universe Belize[edit]

  •   : Declared as Winner
  •   : Ended as runner-up or top 5/6 qualification
  •   : Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
  •   : Ended as special awards winner
Year Miss Belize Placement at Miss Universe Special Awards Notes
2023 TBA
2022 Ashley Lightburn Unplaced
2021 Did not compete
2020 Iris Salguero Unplaced
2019 Destinee Arnold Unplaced
2018 Jenelli Fraser Unplaced Romeo Escobar directorship.
2017 Did not compete
2016 Rebecca Rath Unplaced
  • Best National Costume (Top 12)
Opal Onriquez directorship.
Did not compete between 2010 and 2015
2009 Charmaine Chinapen Did not compete Withdrawal — Charmaine allocated to Miss World 2008.
2008 Tanisha Vernon Did not compete Failed to sign her contract and that she could not expect to continue as queen "Miss Belize".[6]
2007 Maria Jeffery Unplaced
2006 Did not compete
2005 Andrea Elrington Unplaced
2004 Leilah Anne Magdalena Pandy Unplaced
2003 Becky Belinda Bernard Unplaced Margaret Johnson directorship.
2002 Karen Anita Russell Did not compete Carolyn Trench-Sandiford directorship.
2001 Did not compete
2000 Shiemicka Richardson Unplaced
1999 Viola Jeffery Unplaced
1998 Elvia Lilia Vega Unplaced
1997 Sharon Domínguez Unplaced
1996 Ava Lovell Unplaced
1995 Deborah Wade Unplaced
1994 Did not compete
1993 Melanie Smith Unplaced
1992 Did not compete
1991 Josephine Gault Unplaced
1990 Ysela Antonia Zabaneh Unplaced
1989 Andrea Shermane McKoy Unplaced
1988 Did not compete
1987 Holly Emma Edgell Unplaced Solie Arguelles (Pageants Belize) directorship.
1986 Romy Ellen Taegar Unplaced
1985 Jennifer (Jenny) Woods Unplaced
1984 Lisa Patricia Ramírez Unplaced
1983 Shirlene Dianne McKoy Unplaced
1982 Sharon Kay Auxillou Unplaced
1981 Ivette Zabaneh Unplaced
1980 Ellen Marie Clarke Unplaced
1979 Sarita Diana Acosta Top 12
1978 Christina Margarita Ysaguirre Unplaced
1977 Dora Maria Phillips Unplaced
1976 Janet Joan Joseph Unplaced
1975 Pelisamay Longsworth Unplaced Under the UDP Minister Youth and Culture of Belize.


  1. ^ "Beauty Queens Revolt Against Margaret Johnson". 7newsbelize.com. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  2. ^ ""the nightmare is over", Former Miss Belize wins case against Pageants Belize - The San Pedro Sun News". sanpedrosun.com. 7 January 2009. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Belize Will Field a Delegate for Miss Universe Pageant | Channel5Belize.com". Retrieved 2023-07-17.
  4. ^ "Miss Universe Belize 2018". Miss Belize 2018. Archived from the original on 2021-12-26. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Miss Belize organiser drops Miss Universe franchise". Loop News. February 17, 2023. Retrieved March 22, 2023.
  6. ^ "NEW MISS BELIZE CROWNED". amandala.com.bz. Retrieved 18 May 2019.

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